Review Article| Volume 27, ISSUE 2, P369-380, June 2007

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Resident Training in Microbiology

  • Barbara L. Haller
    2M35 Clinical Laboratories, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110.
    Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Box 2M14, SFGH Bldg. NH 2M35, San Francisco, CA 94143-2M14, USA

    2M35 Clinical Laboratories, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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      To meet the challenges of diagnosis and managment of infectious diseases, clinical pathology residents must receive comprehensive training in microbiology, learn to think critically, develop problem-solving skills, and take active roles as laboratory consultants. Residents well trained in clinical microbiology become capable laboratory professionals, developing cost-effective testing strategies, decreasing risk for medical errors, and improving patient care. Newer methods for diagnosing infectious disease, such as real-time polymerase chain reaction, microarrays for pathogen detection, and rapid assays for antigen or antibody detection, have become standard. Knowledge of infectious disease principles, drug therapeutic options, and drug resistance is also important. Suggestions for training and for assessing resident competency in clinical microbiology are presented.
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